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On September 22-23, 2014 the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), a high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Over a thousand Indigenous and non-Indigenous delegates will have the opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, will hear the situation of Indigenous Maya communities living in Santa Cruz Barillas as they fight the Spanish company Hidralia Energy and its exploitative practices.

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The World Conference on Indigneous Peoples is taking place September 22-23 at the UN in New York. Here is a list of the events happening around the conference. 19th September:11:00 am - 4:00 pm:Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity and Engagement with the UN WCIP

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Come learn about the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and how it can aid in your advocacy efforts and put pressure on governments to respect Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Sunday, September 21, 20144:30pm-6:00pmColumbia University Law SchoolJerome Greene Hall 103425 West 116th StreetNew York, NY 10027

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Since it’s opening, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has dedicated itself to the promotion of native identity and cultural understanding. Now celebrating the 10th anniversary of the D.C. museum, it is launching an ambitious exhibit this September that seeks to highlight the role of treaties between the United States and Native Nations.

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On October 4th, the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of British Columbia will hold a totem pole-raising ceremony to inaugurate 3,000 square kilometers of land as a tribal park, just a few months after a historic Supreme Court decision granted them title to 1,750 square kilometers of disputed land.

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March with us for Indigenous Rights! Join the largest march for climate change in history. 

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Leer aqui en español!On September 2nd the people of Sololá rose to their feet to protect what is considered by many to be the heart and body of the Mayan civilization, corn. Thousands of people, young and old, peacefully marched and shut down the main intersections on the inter-american highway that connects the western part of Guatemala to the capital. Their demand? Keep Monsanto out of Guatemala.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (commonly referred to as the ‘TPP’ or ‘TPPA’) is a massive, controversial “free trade” agreement, which is currently under negotiation behind closed doors by officials from the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The claimed purpose of the TPP is to promote development and create jobs.

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The annual commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was held on August 9, 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The event highlighted the importance of implementing the rights of Indigenous peoples and marks the twentieth year of the global celebration.

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"We must ensure the participation of indigenous peoples – women and men – in decision-making at all levels. This includes discussions on accelerating action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and defining the post-2015 development agenda."Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon2014 Theme: "Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples"

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